Let me preface this post with this simple truth: My mom, in my opinion, is deserving of mother of the year indefinitely. Even though she wouldn’t admit it.
But she couldn’t have been further from the truth; and here’s why.
Last week I had the privilege of attending an event on my college campus titled, “A Woman’s Worth” which focused on women in the workforce and the importance of negotiating their value in their career fields. Two of the panelists work in corporate fields, and they both brought up an idea that made me think about my life and my experiences growing up with a working mom. Before I begin, I grew up in a family where my mom and dad were together and were equally supportive and influential in raising me. But, being that this is Her-Story month, I’m going to talk about my mom. I digress, the panelists discussed the idea that most women in the workforce tend to and are almost expected to sacrifice their careers to have a family. At one point, a panelist explained that it is incredibly difficult to maintain a career and family, so often times women are expected to just back down in their career to raise their family.
So I need to introduce my mom,
My mom wears many hats: She is first off, mine and my brothers mom, wife to my dad, a nurse, a student, and an EMT:In wearing each hat she gives all she has and succeeds in ways that she often doesn’t see, but thankfully, I’ve been able to see.